“Withdrawing”

When brothers or sisters among us are overtaken in sin, those who are spiritual seek to restore them (Galatians 6:2). We may instruct, admonish, and rebuke, but if all else fails, we must withdraw ourselves from them (2 Thessalonians 3:6). It is never pleasant, but it is needful to save their souls and to protect […]

Will You Swallow Anything?

The shark is a large fish that swims in ocean waters and has an equally large appetite. In fact, so large is his appetite that he will swallow almost anything that he can get into his mouth without even knowing what it is. A small fish called the urchin fish when he encounters a shark, […]

How NOT to Convert Muslims to Christianity

On August 5, 2017, an explosive device was detonated at a suburban Minneapolis mosque as people were preparing for morning prayers. Although the windows of the imam’s office were shattered, fortunately, no one was killed or injured. Various news outlets that reported this attack also cited an increasing number of such incidents targeting Muslims. “We […]

All Lives Matter, but Do We Understand Why?

Please read Matthew 16:24-26 carefully and contemplatively: “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what […]

What Is Meant by “Kingdom”?

Our last post concluded with these words: “’Kingdom’ sometimes refers to Christ’s rule over all creation. But the use of ‘kingdom‘ in this sense is not the only way it is used in the New Testament.” Nothing demonstrates that clearer that while the word “kingdom” is used to speak of God’s rule, the message that […]

Are You a Plant to Be Rooted Up?

Jesus said in Matthew 15:13-14, “But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” After being told that He had offended the Pharisees, […]

A New Phobia

A new phobia has developed among Christians in recent years. It has become rather pronounced among several younger Christians, egged on by a few older ones. It is the fear of being considered a “traditionalist” or a “lockstep” follower of generally accepted views among their brethren. No Christian should BLINDLY accept any doctrine or practice, […]

Feelings and the Holy Spirit

Does the Holy Spirit produce feelings inside of us that guides us in some special way by giving us new information and the knowledge we are right? If so, what passage teaches it? I have to tell you, I’m a bit concerned over how I hear some talking. I’ll paraphrase the types of statements I’ve […]

Calvinism #3

In the last post, we looked at total depravity and unconditional salvation. We will finish the series by an examination of the three remaining tenants. Limited Atonement. This tenet of Calvinism is necessitated by the belief that salvation is unconditional, and the reality that some will be lost. So, the logic is that Jesus only […]

“God Really Doesn’t Care”

As man constantly changes his view of God, he becomes more convinced that God really doesn’t care about several aspects of life. This is despite the fact that the Bible emphasizes that God does want man to be righteous. Peter declared that God waits on destroying the world because He wants all men to repent […]